‘How Languages Changed My Life’ presents the importance of languages through collection of personal stories

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Project MEITS offers testimonials from a wide variety of people in new book

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Discover how languages have inspired, shaped and empowered people from all walks of life, from Julia Donaldson to Martina Navratilova, in Project MEITS’ new collection of real-life language journeys titled “How Languages Changed My Life” (published by Archway Publishing).

Aiming to inspire people to take up or maintain the languages they speak and to promote multilingualism, the book illustrates the importance of languages in shaping the lives of individuals and communities around the world. Offering real-life stories through first-person perspectives, it brings together writers and musicians, politicians and activists, teachers, students, scientists, comedians, and sportspeople from various ages and backgrounds.

“This book is for anyone who loves real-life stories; is interested in languages, culture, and adventure; and believes in global citizenship. It embraces more than forty different languages and offers a kaleidoscope of individual views that collectively make the case for linguistic diversity being as essential to our survival as biodiversity,” Ayres-Bennett says. “‘How Languages Changed My Life’ is a book for our times, reminding us that what we have in common is always greater than our differences.”

“How Languages Changed My Life” is available for purchase online at: https://www.amazon.com/How-Languages-Changed-My-Life/dp/148088457X.

“How Languages Changed My Life”
By Project MEITS
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 192 pages | ISBN 9781480884564
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 192 pages | ISBN 9781480884571
E-Book | 192 pages | ISBN 9781480884588
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS) is a flagship research program that brings together leading researchers in languages from across the United Kingdom. It seeks to demonstrate the value of language both to individuals and to society and the importance of speaking more than one language. The project is led by Wendy Ayres-Bennett, professor of French philology and linguistics at the University of Cambridge. She specialises in the history of French and the history of linguistic thought, on which she has published widely. Her research interests include standardisation and codification, linguistic ideology and policy, variation and change. More information can be found on the project’s website: http://www.meits.org.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the worldwide leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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